What do I wear for an engagement photo shoot? I’m a pretty casual girl, and I’ve got a big chest.
This is a good question. Let me try to e-style you. I can tell you what to wear, how to fix your problem areas and play up your best, and beautiful features so that you can feel appropriate, stylish, and most importantly, confident! When you’re confident, you have better posture, which naturally gives your ensemble a more polished, put-together edge.
Things to keep in mind: My philosophy is that it is better to be faulted for being “over dressed” rather than under. But this is the tricky part; you don’t want to be so over-dressed that you’re uncomfortable, stiff and don’t feel like yourself! It’s a bit of a delicate balance. My rule of thumb is that you should be able to feel like you can move in it, but you still look put-together, tall, gorgeous and happy. So, keep it polished and simple with standout shoes and nice makeup.
I’ve seen casual engagement photo shoots, and I’ve seen creative, dressy photo shoots that looked like fashion magazines, and I’ve seen bizarre, quirky and over-the-top shoots. Dressing casual for a engagement shoot is touchy. I would advise against jeans unless you’re doing something very urban, rugged or rural. The reason is that you don’t want to look back on it and think, why didn’t I dress up a bit more? It is, after all, your engagement photos. That being said, though, if you feel most yourself and most comfy in jeans, and you’d feel absolutely stiff and unhappy in other clothes, that’s probably the choice you should make.
If you’re going to go with jeans or casual slacks, here are some guidelines:
- Keep it simple — no embellishments.
- Keep it slim–boot cuts, flair styles don’t flatter most people, and trouser styles will be too hot for the summer.
Dress or Skirt:
- A pencil skirt offers nice alternative to jeans or pants that you can dress up or dress down.
- A dress is a good dressy casual option–with a V neckline to draw the eyes up, will minimize “the girls” and also dress the smallest part of your body: your gorgeous waistline.
- Button downs, Deep Vs and fitted tops are your friends.
- Scoop necks and crew necks with a high neckline will make you look like a shelf.
Stay away from anything too voluminous which will add bulk to your frame!
Wedge heels are your friends. Easy to walk and romp in, but still sexy, flirtatious and slimming.
If you’re in doubt, remember to throw on a few accessories like earrings and bangles. They’re a quick way to add extra oomph to your ensemble without trying too hard.
Lastly, have fun and stand up straight! Nothing ruins pictures more than a sulky-bear who looks like she’s wilting! Good posture and a radiant smile makes any outfit — and any photo — worth a MILLION words!